Is digital school impossible? Image by Gerd Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.

5 Emergency Measures towards the Digital School

Andreas Maier

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This article applies to the situation in Germany and is a translation of this article. Some measures might still be applicable to other countires. Therefore, I am also providing this translation.

COVID-19 is driving digitization in industry and many CIOs (Chief Information Officers) are already claiming that Corona has contributed more to this than any digitization strategy. Unfortunately this is not the case with our schools. The infrastructure here is often in a desolate state. There may be many reasons for this, some of which are very justified, but in times of the pandemic it is a significant disadvantage for students, teachers, and parents. Therefore, keeping schools open is often seen as the most effective measure for maintaining educational equity.

In fact, there are many issues that make digitizing schools difficult. This ranges from the cost of equipment, a lack of software and materials, to a lack of skills among students, teachers and parents. Compliance with legal requirements, such as data protection, is also essential. Nevertheless, in times of the pandemic, digital approaches can help alleviate problems with home schooling in everyday life.

Therefore, we need solutions now to help digitize schools! In my home country, Germany, we are now facing a second probably long shutdown of school startin January 11th, 2021. These shutdown may take all the way to August 2021. When it became clear in mid-December that there would be a second lockdown of the schools, I coordinated with schools and teachers in order to be able to help my school on site. At this point I would like to report on the first measures and results that may also help you to tackle the problems at your school.

Please note at this point that these hints are based purely on personal experience and without any claim of being complete!

We are facing massive challenges that we can only solve together. Image by John Hain from Pixabay

Measure 1: Cooperate & Connect as Quickly as Possible!

Cooperation between everyone involved is the key! With all problems you should always keep in mind that they affect all students, teachers, and parents…

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Andreas Maier

I do research in Machine Learning. My positions include being Prof @FAU_Germany, President @DataDonors, and Board Member for Science & Technology @TimeMachineEU